Thousands of soldiers found dead in Namibia

Scientists collect samples for testing. (Representative)

Johannesburg:

Scientists said on Saturday that around 7,000 Cape Fur Seals had been found in a breeding colony in central Namibia.

Environmentalist Nude Dreyer of the Ocean Conservation Namibia charity began seeing dead seals in the litter on the sandy beaches of Pelican Point Colony near the town of Walvis Bay in September.

Then, during the first two weeks of October, they found a large number of seal embryos in the colony, Dr. of the Namibian Dolphin Project. Tess Gridley told AFP by phone.

Fur seals usually give birth between mid-November and mid-December.

Gridley estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 female soldiers had miscarried and are still to be found.

The cause of the large-scale deaths has not yet been established, but scientists suspect anything about malnutrition from pollutants or bacterial infections.

Gridley said some of the dead females were “thin, rotting, with very low fat deposits”.

Scientists collect samples for testing.

In 1994, some 10,000 seals died and 15,000 embryos died largely due to famine, which led to a shortage of fish as well as another breeding colony, Cape Cross, a bacterium about 116 kilometers away . Was caused by infection. 116 km) north of the tourist town of Swakopmund.

Anelie Haifen, executive director at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, told AFP she suspected the jawans had died from “food shortages” but would wait for test results.

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